California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Electronic Product Management

Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Statistics

This graph shows quarterly monies and pounds claimed as of June 21, 2012 from the Covered Electronic Waste Recycling Payment System. A complete program update (PDF, 378 KB) with additional statistics is also available.

The same data in the above graph is shown in the tables below.

Covered Electronic Waste Payment Claim Amounts in Millions of Dollars
Year 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Total
2005 $4 $7 $8 $11 $30
2006 $12 $14 $17 $18 $61
2007 $19 $22 $24 $24 $89
2008 $25 $27 $23* $20 $95
2009 $24 $19 $18 $11 $72
2010 $14 $19 $24 $19 $76
2011 $17 $18 $19 $23 $77
2012 $23 $9     $32

*Change in the standard payment rate effective 3rd quarter 2008.

Covered Electronic Waste Recycled in Millions of Pounds
Year 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Total
2005 9 15 17 24 65
2006 25 30 36 37 128
2007 40 45 50 50 185
2008 53 57 55 50 215
2009 62 50 46 28 186
2010 36 48 61 49 194
2011 45 45 48 59 197
2012 58 22     80
 

Comments on Quarterly Claim Chart

The depiction of claim volumes in the chart reflects the general growth of the program since its inception in January 2005. Factors affecting the fluctuating volumes in the program include infrastructure development, a lowered payment rate (effective July 2008), economic uncertainty, the digital television broadcast transition in first half of 2009, and the fundamental availability of recycling opportunities over the past five years that has recovered much of the legacy stockpile.

Recyclers must ship CRT glass to qualifying destination prior to submitting a claim. CRT glass market disruptions in October 2009 involving Mexican destinations dramatically impacted claim submittals beginning with the 4th quarter 2009. The industry has recovered somewhat, but ongoing CRT glass market uncertainties may be impacting recyclers’ ability to submit claims regularly.

Recyclers are technically required to submit claims within 45 days of the end of a claim reporting month, which leads to a delay in the tracking of program volumes. For instance, June 2012 claims technically are not due until approximately August 15, 2012. However, it is not uncommon for recyclers to incur conditions that can delay a claim submittal.

Questions concerning this document may be directed to Jeff Hunts, Program Manager, at (916) 341-6603 or jeff.hunts@calrecycle.ca.gov

Last updated: July 9, 2012
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Contact: EWaste@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-6269